Published: 06/28/2022 20:46:19
Peterborough is one of 12 towns participating in the annual Frederick Douglass Community Reading of New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail on Friday, July 1 at noon, at Teixeira Park on Union Street.
In “What is the 4th of July for the slave?” – otherwise known as “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro” – Frederick Douglass presented an argument against the institution of slavery and the Fugitive Slave Act. He was originally invited to speak on Independence Day, July 4, 1852, and chose to speak the following day. He spoke in Rochester, N,Y, on July 5, of which he released a version in booklet form.
Douglass had been asked to speak about what the 4th of July means for black Americans, and while the first part of his speech praised what the Founding Fathers had done for this country, his speech quickly went downhill. turned into a condemnation of American society’s attitude toward slavery.
For the past few years, the BHTNH has worked with community leaders in New Hampshire on July 3 to bring people together to read Douglass’s speech and reflect on its meaning.
For more information on the Peterborough Reading, contact Sonya Martino at [email protected]